Months after entering Sylvan Sport’s Coolest. Contest. Ever. Adventure Contest! I opened up an email that began, “Hello Meghan, It is my pleasure to inform you”. That’s about as far I as got when recognition hit that my essay had actually been chosen. I began squealing in delight, much to the amazement and joy of the five sheltie puppies I was pet-sitting at the time.
That email arrived last August and the Swift Paws – GO With Me Tour is the result of all the planning and organization that followed. I’m in the final weeks of the Tour now, having completed six of my ten adventure events.
Here’s a description of the Tour in a nutshell: My red min-pin pup, Pretzel, and I have been camping our way (In the GO of course!) up the east coast of the US and into Canada. We’ve been on the road since March and have been stopping every weekend at one of 10 destination cities where we host a dog-charity benefitting lure-chasing event that the whole community can get involved in! We’ve had some amazing events, raised a good portion of our two great big charity goals, and enjoyed our fair share of outdoor adventures.
For me, the best part about the Tour is that I get to travel, camp, hike, bike, kayak, and enjoy nature with my pup all while visiting a new city and group of dog lovers each weekend. I’ve connected with a bunch of people in so many ways and on so many levels. While it’s tough to say goodbye to newfound friends, I always look forward to a few days of nothing but camping and nature, with no one but Pretzel for company in between adventure stops.
I’m writing this from Toronto, where the air’s still frosty but the vegetation is already green and beginning to flower. Today’s event is on my mind, as is tomorrow’s event in Rochester. I can say that living small holds a lot of value for me. There’s a kind of freedom I enjoy from traveling with the GO that I wouldn’t get from staying in motels. And yes, the contest is still going on! I’m one of three selected “finalists” in this contest. All three of us get to live out our dream adventures and after all is said and done one of us will win this fantastic camper.
If you’re interested in the Sylvan Sport GO, I can tell you from experience that you’ll only fall farther in love with it every time you pop it up. It’s versatile, comfortable, and fits in with whatever you’re doing. Don’t hesitate, or even better, come out to one of my events and check it out in person!
Meghan & Pretzel